The Wild Card round was disappointing as 4 of the six games got out of hand early. This week we have narrowed the field down to 8 teams who still have a shot to go to the Super Bowl. Last week we went 4-2 in our picks and 4-6 in our best bets. So let’s dive into the Divisional Round preview to see who advances to the conference championship round.
Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans
Last week the Bengals snapped a 31-year playoff win drought. They haven’t won a road playoff game ever. Like in the history of their franchise, they are 0-7. Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense are loaded and have proven that they can trade points with anyone this year. The Titans will be getting Derrick Henry back after nearly three months as he has hopefully recovered from injury.
It’s hard to bet against the Titans, who were so good all year and earned the first-round bye. Ryan Tannehill has had a very down year, and it showed how much he missed having Derrick Henry behind him all year. Maybe I have sipped too much of this Cincinnatti jungle juice, but I think the Bengals roll into Nashville and stun the Titans. The Bengals have too many weapons, and Joe Burrow was cool, calm, and collected in his first playoff game. He lives for this!
Betting Pick: Bengals +3.5, ML
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San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
The Packers were the class of NFC all year long. The team is getting healthy at the right time and should have several key players returning to the line-up. The 49ers went on the road and upset the Dallas Cowboys in one of the few entertaining games last week.
Aaron Rodgers is 0-3 against the 49ers in playoffs in his career, and since the Packers won the Super Bowl, he is 8-9 in the playoffs, including 0-5 in the NFC Championship game. However, the 49er’s offense is rolling, and they played the Packers down to the wire earlier in the season. We will see a lot of Deebo Samuel and Elijah Mitchell in this game.
Maybe it’s because I hate the Packers, but I think the 49ers do enough to pull off the upset. The Packers are the more talented team, they have the better quarterback, but that has been the case in almost every playoff game that Aaron Rodgers has started.